Getting a Driver's Permit

Driver's Education, Student Driver

In This Guide:

In this guide, you will find information related to obtaining a driver's permit. The items necessary for a local DMV visit include a complete application for driver's license or Identification Card (Form DL-14A), social security number, proof of residence and school enrollment. There are three options for driver's education: parent-taught, self-taught, or completing a driver's education course.

They Might Be Thinking:

  • What if I get into an accident?
  • What will the driving test be like?
  • How do I parallel park? 
  • What if I confuse the gas pedal for the brakes?
  • Will I pass? 
  • What if I don't pass? 
  • Will my friends laugh at me if I don't pass this time? 
  • How do I know if I'm ready? 
  • What if I'm not ready? 
  • Can I postpone my driver's exam to a later date? 
  • What if I'm just procrastinating? 
  • How much does it cost to take the permit test? 
  • Can I afford to take the exam? 
  • Can I afford to fail the exam? 
  • Are there ways to practice the driving test material prior to doing the driving test? 
  • When should I take the exam?  

Words That Might Be Encouraging:

  • Practice makes perfect!
  • Make sure you check necessary car features, such as mirror adjustments, headlights and brake lights, turn signals, hazard lights, and your emergency brake before driving.
  • Be aware of crossing pedestrians, stop, and yield signs.
  • Monitor your speed.
  • Take a deep breath, relax, and drive safely.
  • Stay on the right side of the road.
  • Yield for pedestrians.
  • Slow down when the traffic light turns yellow. 
  • Observe the speed limit.
  • Come to a complete stop at stop signs. 
  • Keep your distance from the car ahead of you. 
  • Reduce your speed limit when children are in sight. 
  • Pull over to the side of the road when an ambulance/fire truck/police car with sirens on needs to pass through traffic. 
  • Drive cautiously amongst other drivers. 
  • Be a defensive driver to avoid potential accidents. 
  • Keep sight of all rearview mirrors.

Words That Might Be Discouraging:

  • Don't die.
  • You can text and drive.
  • Only wear your seatbelt if you feel like it.
  • If you're in a rush, just speed to your destination. You'll get there faster. 
  • Texting and driving is not a big deal since everyone does it anyway.
  • There's no point in using your indicators.
  • Not many people actually come to a complete stop at the stop sign, so it's up to you.
  • The yellow light means speed up, so you can get through the traffic signal before it turns red.
  • People get into accidents every day.
  • Daily driving means you’re putting your life at risk every day.
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